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. if obama wins, what will get the credit? same for romney, what would have done it for him? what would history say were the key factors in making one guy the winner and the other the loser? did the campaign party or was it reality that made the call? >> there's a 1950's to mitt romney's feel it's where women stay home. will this be a turn-off in the 21st century or where women vote for the businessman that promises jobs. [captioning made possible by nbc universal] chris: i'm chris matthews. with me today michael duffy, andrea mitchell, kathleen parker and john harris. what will win the difference? for president obama, here's a short must-do list for the two weeks ahead. number one project what he's done into the positive future. ramp up that positive message. obama backs the middle-class. romney can't wait to help the rich. in monday night's debate especially on the issue of libya. and here's a list for romney, keep asking voters are you better off? present yourself as a strong fixer of voters' economic troubles. and look like a commander in chief. this is a tightened race and romney m
. chris: mitt romney's mind game is to call heavily the new change agent. and inviting voters to hop on the winning train. >> you're seeing this movement growing. you're seeing people come together to say we love america. we recognize we can do better. i came in and some of the folks here were holding signs, democrats for romney, all right? i love that. i love that. chris: well, the question is, is mitt romney really wenning or is this a psychological game in which he's getting the democrats to be demoralized while all this talk of him being ahead? >> beats me. usually you have a gut feeling about it. i have no gut feeling about this election. but i will say this. that calling -- that optimism and saying it's a big deal is more -- is more fundamentally american and more optimistic and more positive, i think, and so i would give romney slightly the upper hand on this message rather than saying you got to go out ask vote. chris: you may not like the things you are wut what happens if we lose the election seems to be the message. >> and that people like to go with a winner if he can pro
romney needs a game changer. is the first presidential debate it? >>> his back now against the wall, romney is behind in all of our background polls. the candidate presses for a rebound. >> we do not want four more years of where we've been. i represent a different path. >>> president obama meantime tries to seize the moment as early voting begins around the country, offering a closing argument. >> when i took office, we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in a rut. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. >> this morning, the state of the race. a debate preview, and a look at the issues that will sway undecided voters. with us, republican governor of new jersey, the keynoter at the gop convention, chris christie. and for the obama campaign, the architect of his 2008 run, now white house senior adviser david plouffe. finally, insights and analysis from our political roundtable. joining us, conservative activist and founder of the faith and freedom coalition ralph reed. former democratic governor of pennsylvania ed rendell. anchor of bbc's "wor
and house but not to your own facts. >> romney delivers. the president tries to recover. >> when i got off the stage, i met this very spiritefellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >> the economy is again the central focus. the new jobs numbers drop the unm employment rate below 9%. >> we have made too much progress. >> a sign of recovery as the voters head to the polls. we cover it all this morning. the policy fight emerging from the debate and the policy. what does the debate reveal about these two men? >>> plus, our preview of the vice presidential debate this coming week. this morning, a special panel. obama campaign senior adviser robert gibbs. former republican presidential candidate newt gingrich. hilary rosen. mike murphy. and nbc's chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd. >>> and finally, what you haven't heard from arnold schwarzenegger this week. a revealing conversation with the former california governor. he talks politics and his personal failings. >> what would you like your sons to learn from your mistakes? >> i think that they're not going to make t
in his favor among women. by attacking his opponent. >> governor romney wants to take the policies more suited to the 19 fiflts. >> this president has failed america's women. they suffered in terms of getting jobs. >> looking at the record and looking forward. what will tomorrow's final showdown mean for the final days? we hear from both campaigns this morning. for governor romney, senator marco rubio from the all important state of florida. for the president, david axelrod, republican senator rob horton. romney's debate sparring partner, joining us live from the debate site. our round table weighs in. from the times, tom friedman and white house correspondent, helene cooper. strategist mike murphy and press secretary for president clinton, dee dee meyers. ne cooper. and former white hous >>e from nbc news in washingto "meet the press" with david gregory. >> brand-new in morning, the latest nbc news poll on where this race stands. let's go right to my colleague chuck todd. this is significant. >> this is among likely voters. 47-47. not all races are equal. the president at 47. if this
among women by attacking his opponent. >> governor romney wants to take up policies more suited to the 1950s. >> this president has failed america's women. they've suffered in terms of getting jobs. >> looking at the record and looking forward. what will tomorrow's final showdown mean for the final days? we hear from both campaigns this morning. for governor romney, senator marco rubio from the all-important state of florida. for the president, david axelrod. and later, ohio republican senator rob portman. romney's debate sparring partner. joining us live from the debate site. >>> plus, our roundtable weighs in. from "the new york times," columnist tom friedman. and white house correspondent helean cooper. and former white house press secretary for president clinton dee dee myers.ne cooper. and former white house press secretary for president clinton dee dee myers. >>> from nbc news in washington, it's "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll for where this race stands, chuck todd has the numbers. this is significant. >> this is amo
states where this election will be won. the final push has president obama and governor romney fire storming seven critical states across the country in the hunt for 270 electoral votes. is argument -- >> unemployment is falling. manufacturing is coming back. >> the passion. this is an election about big things. about big choices. >> and the ground game. the critical effort to deliver key voting groups to the polls. this morning, we hear about it all from key figures on the ground. all important ohio. can romney win the white house without it? we'll ask the state republican governor, john casic. wisconsin governor scott walker and colorado's democratic governor, john. analysis on what will tip the scales in this tight presidential race. from the round table, from msnbc, rachel maddow, new york times columnist david brooks, washington post columnist, former ceo of hewlett packard, carly. our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. >>> announcer: from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good morning on this sunday. as if it wasn't enough to have this
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the showdown. president obama, mitt romney and the debate in denver everyone is talking about. >>> breaking news about american airlines. why dozens of planes in the air tonight are being grounded when they land. >>> out of gas. why some gas stations are shutting down in a place where prices are already over $5 a gallon. >>> is it a hidden danger of chemicals, a high importance to mothers and their newborns. >>> and bird's eye view. what we look like to them. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. they now estimate over 67 million of us watched the debate in denver last night and what people saw was a highly energized, motivated and combative mitt romney sharing the stage with a subdued and lackluster president obama. what they saw was mitt romney on his way over the course of 90 minutes to scoring a clear and consensus victory in what will be the first of three meetings. for romney, today felt like a new chapter. here's a look at the crowd waiting for him tonight in virginia. while the president today said some things he was expected to say on
>>> this morning on "meet the press," the fight next time. obama-romney, round two, this coming tuesday, as the race has tightened. >>> our issues this morning, the debates in the closing weeks of this campaign. the economy. the looming fiscal crisis by year's end. and the debt fight. with the big entitlement programs center stage. >>> they were the backdrop of a feisty debate between the v.p. candidates thursday. >> nobody -- >> mr. vice president -- >> no, you -- >> mr. vice president, i know you're under a lot of duress to make up ground, but i think people would be better served if we don't keep interrupting each other. >>> what did swing voters think of the face-off? can the president channel the aggressiveness of his running mate. >> and what about the escalating battle over the obama administration handling of the 9/11 attack in libya? >> when the vice president of the united states directly contradicts the testimony, sworn testimony, of state department officials, american citizens have a right to know just what's going on. and we're going to find out. >> we cover it all
barack obama and former massachusetts governor mitt romney. the stage is ready in denver, colorado. the university of denver. and all of the expectations management to the contrary, the two men you're going to see tonight are very good debaters. they have four ivy league degrees between them, after all, and 50 debates between them, though not against each other until tonight. there is a critical third man on that stage tonight in denver. that's the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. he's done a dozen of these. and the rules, which he will announce at the start, give him broad leeway to guide the conversation and the debate. it is a cold room in denver. the campaigns wanted the temperature low. and it's not likely to stay that way once we get under way. both men have been prepping for days. this happens to be the obamas' 20th wedding anniversary. moments ago we saw a warm embrace between mrs. romney and mrs. obama. they both met each other at the front of the hall. their hiss, this is the first of three meetings debate style between these candidates. even though voting is under way in 34
of a rare fungal meningitis. >> mitt romney slammed a the president on foreign policy. reaction from the obama camp coming next. >> players talk about what they need to do to keep last night's disappointing when from -- loss from carrying over. >> the forecast is coming next. 52 at the airport. 56 near the inner harbor. >> live, local, late-breaking. this is wbal tv 11 news at 6:00 p.m. with rob daniels and donna hamilton, your insta-weatherplus forecast with chief meteorologist tom tasselmyer, sports, and skyteam 11 covering breaking news. >> more people have been infected with a deadly fungal meningitis from contaminated steroid injections. five cases in maryland. the total number has soared to 105 of people second and the number of deaths is at 8. the tainted steroids were used in injection's given to back pain patients july through september. the massachusetts pharmacy has recalled all its products. health officials say 76 medical facilities in 23 states receive the contaminated injections. for complete list, you can go to our website, wbaltv.com and click on medical alert. new p
barack obama, and he is in this position because of what happened the last time he met governor romney on a debatestste.e. ititasas readilylypparentt andne presesenen l lereraadmititdd hes outenergized that first time around and it moved the poll numbers. tonight has the potential to change this race yet again. in a moment we go inside the venue for the introduction of these two men, president obama, governor romney, their second of three debates. this one, of course, off the vice presidential debate. tonight the format here becomes critical. while candy crowley of cnn will moderate the discussion, this is a town hall format tonight. the questions coming from undecided voters as chosen by the gallup polling organization. there are 80 undecided voters in the hall. organizers hope to get 13 questions in along with follow-ups in the 90 minutes before us. candy crowley has indicated she plans a more activist role. that made the organizers nervous. let's see what she has to say. >> good evening from hofstra university in new york. i'm candy crowley from cnn's state of the union. we are here
. barack obama's got tuesday night to re-take command. can he show himself the doer and make romney a would a, should a, could a challenger? joe biden might have stopped the romney train, but he certainly revved up the democrats. and did biden's arguments on medicare and abortion rights also do some damage to the other side? president clinton is out there selling the case of the guy he hopes will be another president clinton's predecessor. he gave that great deal-making speech at the d.n.c. now he's out there on the campaign trail doing what obama didn't do last week -- exposing mitt romney's hard right baggage. with us today, "new york" magazine's john hileman, christian science monitor, liz liz, and henderson henderson from "the washington post," and from "the daily beast," andrew sullivan. thursday night's debate was everything the romney and obama presidential debate had not been. >> you can still preserve the important tant things for middle class taxpayers. >> it's not mathematically possible. >> it's not mathematically possible. it's never been done before. >> it's been done a couple
: was that the wednesday night massacre or what? did mitt romney catch up and pass obama in one 90-minute performance? will the strong new jobs report help the president to take command? leading from behind? was there some hidden unknown logic to the president's decision to let his challenger wing his way from one position to another? why didn't barack obama force romney to own his record against the auto rescue and against the 47% and against showing his personal taxes. was there a reason obama didn't want 70 million people to know his best case? finally, rematch. will the town hall format of the next debate give barack obama a chance to show greater empathy. and will mitt romney be just as good when people ask the questions? hi, i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, abc's sam donaldson, nbc's andrea mitchell, msnbc s.e. cupp and joe klein. the new jobs report gives the obama campaign a much-needed assist after the debacle wednesday night in denver. the debate's closing statements told the tale. the president was down and mitt romney was up. >> you know, four years ago we were goin
>>> this morning on "early today," foreign policy showdown. mitt romney gets serious about libya, syria, and more, but president obama hits him hard with a brand-new ad. we'll show it to you. >>> winter weather now. many parts of the country will make up this morning to an arctic blast from the nor. bill's forecast is straight ahead. >>> and 48 straight. drew breess into the record books. this is a big one. >> this is "early today" for monday, october 8th, 2012. >>> very good morning to you, i'm veronica de la cruz. 29 days and counting. there is less than a month to go in the race for the white house, and right now, both candidates are on the road. while the president campaigns in california, mitt romney spent sunday in florida before his major foreign policy speech in virginia today. nbc's tracy potts that is details from washington. good morning. >> reporter: hi, veronica, good morning. even with those jobs numbers that came out friday helping president obama, we are still seeing mitt romney with a boost after the debate, and today he will argue that under the president, ameri
to be. a look at the campaign. >>> also on the trail with the romney campaign, and tonight, why he is having to respond to a candidate's comments about race. >>> plus, what it is like living in the most hotlicon tested background state. >>> and new, what could take aim at the east coast. >>> and breathtaking, an awesome new view of the grand canyon like you have never seen it before. nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, i'm lester holt, sitting in for brian tonight, with the presidential race locked in a tie for the polls, president obama and governor romney are engaged in a fast and furious campaign blitz, the president launching an assault in some of the places vital to his election. he is on a two day trip, spending the night on air force one. romney is calling it a sign of being desperate, even as romney was racking up his own air milings. we'll check in with the romney camp, but first, brian williams has been given full access to the campaign swing. he checks in tonight from denver. >> reporter: well, lester, good evening, having approached both campaigns about getting a
. >> if i can have you sit down, governor romney. >> if i can have you sit down, governor romney. thank you. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> it is the morning after the second presidential debate, and while both sides will claim victory, one thing everyone can agree on, the president showed up with something to prove. according to a cnn orc flash poll, 46% of registered voters thought president obama did the better job. that's compared to 39% who put governor romney on top. that is a stark contrast from denver when an overwhelming majority 67% gave romney the win. a similar split occurred in cbs news's instant poll where 37% of uncommitted voters gave the president last night's victory compared to 30% who chose romney. >>> the high stakes presidential debate covered a lot of ground and nbc's steve handlesman has the latest from the campus of hofstra university in new york. steve, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, lynn. thanks. good morning from the campus in hofstra on long island. both candidates seemed on their game. this was high stakes. barely polite. a political b
'm lynn berry. after the third debate between president obama and republican nominee mitt romney, there are just 14 days left before american voters choose their next president. according to a cbs news instant polls on uncommitted voters, president obama was a clear two to one victor with 53% saying he won. governor romney got 23%. 24% called it a tie. a cnn orc national poll called it closer with 48% saying obama won while 40% picked obama. for more we go to nbc's steve handlesman who's in florida for us. steve, good morning. >> reporter: hi, lynn. thanks. good morning from boca raton, florida. the debate here last night was clearly the most combative so far. though surprising to some, not on the issue of libya. mitt romney was able to make his larger point, his claim that america is weaker now overseas than it was four years ago. mitt romney and barack obama came to their third and final debate tied in national polls, but their tv audience seemed sure to be smaller. baseball's national league playoffs and monday night viewers got viewers who missed the face-off on muslim extrem
and mitt romney are back on the campaign trail talking to voters listen 24 hours after the first presidential debate. >> last night, mitt romney was energetic and on the offensive. meanwhile president obama seemed subdued and played defensive. republican mitt romney may have secured exactly what he needed out of his first presidential debate, a fresh look for undecided voters. >> he laid out the very clear choice and a big choice. that is what this election is about. >> the candidates sparred on the tough issues, taxes, job growth and medicare. >> i would rather have a private plan. i just as soon not have the government, what kind of health care i get. >> every study has shown that medicare has lowered the administrative cost then private interest as, which is why seniors are pretty happy with it. and private insurers have it -- have to make a profit. >> even president obama had to a myth that he did well. the debate was one of the most -- had to admit that romney did well. the debate was one of the most substantive. >> will we hold the governor accountable for his fraudulent po
governor romney. both men were amped up. last night's plot line appears to be the president's foreign policy attack and mitt romney's movement to the center on a number of issues. 60 million americans watched on live television. starting today, there was a new sense of urgency out on the trail. now, the travel becomes urgent and frenetic every second counts. so does every state. we have it all covered and we begin with peter alexander traveling with the romney campaign in henderson, nevada. peter, good evening. >> good evening to you. as you just noted, nearly 60 million americans watched last night. that was the smallest number of the three presidential debates. over the next two weeks as they bounce across the country, effectively hopscot scotching o another. both believe they're in the driver's seat. >> give it up for -- >> kicking off their final 14 days toward the election. a split screen sprint to the finish. barack obama zeroing in on his opponent's trustworthiness. >> everything he's doing right now, is to hide his reposition and win this election. you can trust that i say wha
, florida, for the third and final debate between president barack obama and former governor mitt romney. when they leave the stage tonight after 90 minutes together, these two men are not expected to see one another again until after the election two weeks from now. it is safe to say neither campaign in either its wildest dreams nor worst fears expected to be in a dead heat with 15 days to go. but that's what our national poll shows. as of tonight, our nbc news national polling has it this way. 47% obama, 47% romney. tonight's topic is foreign affairs. our moderator, bob schieffer of cbs news. last time these two men debated, it was instantly labeled the most contentious event of its kind in the modern political era. a lot of it had to do with body lang age as they circled each other. tonight they'll be seated and thankfully separated by the moderator, all of this happening in a critical battleground state of florida. so without further delay, we'll go now to the moderator, bob schieffer, who will be leading us through tonight's debate. >> good evening from the campus of lynn university
of reforms that strip away the sclerosis. and i'm surprised that mitt romney isn't running on that sort of broad -- i'm not radical. look at what mitch daniels has done, i want to do it for the federal government. >> it's amazing he's not running on a change washington. he's winning the question, but not by a lot and it's always amayed me. the country is not happy with washington. i want to go back to the demographic yes. what makes ohio different from all the other battleground states and all of the other mathematics from obama campaign. it's the state that demograph demographically doesn't fit what they're trying to do everything that they're trying to do in every other swing state is about hispanics and gender. not ohio. the demographic group that mitt romney performs best with is white men. the demographic group he's performing poorly in ohio is white men. auto workers in toledo, akron, northwest part of the state. >> i think the reason for that is a, what rachel mentioned, the fight over union rights. a lot of counties that voted for kasich in the election swung overwhelmingly in f
with an economic show down. president obama and mitt romney squared off for the first of three presidential debates last night and what some are calling a polite war of words, the candidates sparred over job creation, taxes and the future of health care. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: the pressure was on mitt romney who needed a turn around. president obama came into the debate ahead in every battleground state. with an estimated 60 million americans watching on tv, cable and the web, moderator jim leherer asked can you put more people to work? >> the answer is, yes, we can help. >> reporter: romney would cut taxes and regulations on small business. >> my priority is jobs, and so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal that he's been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: which the president claimed would help the rich at others' expense. >> the average middle class family with young children would pay $2,000 more. >> everything he said about my tax plan is not accurate. >> it is not possible to come up with enough tax cut
in that hall tonight was increased after the last debate, when an energized mitt romney got the better of the president, as mr. obama all but later admitted in an interview. it is cold in the venue again, a mutually agreed-upon temperature of 65, to enforce the post-nixon political adage, never let them see you sweat. tonight the candidates will be seated. it will all be very close. they'll be separated only by our moderator tonight. she is martha raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent for abc news, and there's pressure on her as well after all the talk about the role of the moderator in the last debate. there are nine segments planned for in the evening, but we saw last time what happened. here's martha raddatz. >>> good evening and welcome to the first and only vice presidential debate of 2012, sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. i'm martha raddatz of abc news and i am honored to moderate this debate between two men who have dedicated much of their lives to public service of the tonight's debate is divided between domestic and foreign policy issues and i'm goi
floats your boat. on a day when many stocks were buoyed by mitt romney's victory over president obama, let me tell you how i watched. i watched the debate within the parlance of my world, the stock world. i watched it with an eye towards making you some money. tweeting every potential stock idea triggered by either gentleman. ♪ how can you try to make money from the debate? let me parse it for you. show you how it's done. going over the actual statements by each candidate translating them into cramerican. let me tell you, there were tons of cramericans on twitter. if you tweeted me about the debate, keep an eye on the twicker running below. you may see your tweet. romney went right into a call for north american energy self-sufficiently, singling out coal as an endangered species under obama. listen. >> i like coal. i want to make sure we can continue to burn clean coal. people in the coal industry feel like it's getting crushed by your policies. >> lots of bozos went in and bought the coal stocks. all the coal stocks on. this wrong take away, people! coal's hostage to chinese deman
cruz. today we begin with debate prep. president obama and his republican rival mitt romney are both getting ready for their first face to face presidential debate in denver wednesday night. romney is holding a rally in the mile-high city today, while the president gears up in nevada. nbc's tracy potts joins us with washington from the latest. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we get an interesting perspective on this from john mccain. he's debated both the president and mitt romney, and he says we will see two very strong well-prepared debaters and he predicts few surprises. the president's behind closed doors in nevada for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney in denver wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are down playing expectations. a senior aide to the president says romney will be prepared, disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> barack obama is going to be f
. >>> this morning on "early today," strategy shift. mitt romney backs off his 47% remarks while president obama sharpens his attacks. >>> leap of faith. tense moments as a mother and her five kids are forced to jump from a burning building. >>> and sweet mystery why are bes in france producing green >>> and sweet mystery why are bes in france producing green and blue honey? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry, and today we begin with back to battle. the two presidential candidates are busy attacking each other on the campaign trail following their first debate. today president obama will be campaigning in virginia and ohio and mitt romney is in virginia. governor romney boasted about his debate performance and told supporters he will take back the white house, but for the first time romney backed away from his controversial remarks about the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. he was asked what he would have said if that came up in the debate. >> clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches
. 18 electoral votes explains why mitt romney is spending this week in ohio. >>> and late-breaking details on a pakistani blogger shot while getting on to her school bus. she was operated on early this getting on to her school bus. she was operated on early this morning. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. on the campaign front, it is all about ohio. voters in that key state have been getting plenty of time with president obama and his republican rival mitt romney. both candidates campaigned hard in the buckeye state tuesday. in fact, romney is spending four out of five days there this week. the reason, a new cnn orc poll shows it is a close rate for ohio's 18 electoral votes with 51% of likely voters backing president obama, 47% for romney. that, of course, made closer after last week's debate. meanwhile, ohio's election chief, a republican, has asked the supreme court to reinstate a new law that cuts off the final three days of early voting. an appeals court blocks the law pushed through by state republicans. as romne
night of the campaign. the second debate has all eyes on the president after romney's last performance. and our political team is in place. >>> what's the alternative, when traditional medicine just can't get at back pain as our series of reports lookst what does work. >>> the scandal in a small town in maine involving a zumba dance instructor, charges of prostitution, and the names being released now of the men alleged to be her customers. >>> and the matriarch of the kennedy family, our rare and exclusive interview with ethel kennedy, as she looks back on her life and loss. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening on what could be the single most important night of the presidential campaign thus far. there's an enormous amount of pressure on president obama because his last debate performance was seen as so lacking against an energized challenge from governor romney, that it actually moved the numbers. it moved the polls even in some places that seemed to be settling in for the democrats. tonight the second of three debates has a lot t
'm veronica de la cruz. a day before president obama and mitt romney meet for the second of three debates, brand-new poll numbers show the candidates locked in a virtual dead heat. according to a new "washington post" abc news poll of likely voters, 49% favor president obama compared to 46% who back governor romney. those numbers are basically where they were two weeks ago and within the polls' margin of error. but that doesn't mean mitt romney didn't get a big boost. republicans' enthusiasm for their candidate has soared to 59% now, including an 11-point gain in just the past two weeks. both the romney and obama campaigns are expressing concern about the moderator of tuesday's second presidential debate. candy crowley will be hosting the debate, and she suggested that she'll play a larger role than agreed to by the candidates. according to "time" magazine's mark halperin, the two campaigns have raised objection saying the moderator's participation should be much more limited than she's leading people to believe. crowley has suggested she'll ask follow-up questions, which is not part of t
about race and god's intentions that mitt romney quickly distances himself from. >>> sprint for the white house. the candidates hit the swing states hard as polls begin to shift. gentleman and the need for speed. driving 85 miles per hour in the u.s. starting today. it's perfect legal. u.s. starting today. it's perfect legal. we'll tell you where. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> well, good morning. i'm lynn berry. the romney campaign could be waking up to a brand new political headache as yet another republican candidate makes explosive comments about rape two months after the controversy over todd akin's legitimate rape remark. this time it was during a u.s. senate debate in indiana last night. richard murdock and his opponents were asked about abortion when murdock said this. >> i believe that life begins at conception. the only exception i have for -- to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. i just -- i struggled with it myself for a long time, but i came to realize life is that gift from god and i think even when life begins in tha
momentum for the romney campaign and news tonight about a record fall for the president. >>> all-time high. gas now the most expensive ever in california. why folks in the nation's biggest state are paying the price. >>> freeze warning. after a summer like start to october, now the big chill. >>> sign of the times, kids packing the cafeteria, but not just for lunch. why more and more schools are now serving dinner. >>> and a tangled mess on one of the most congested highways in america, drivers can't believe it. a massive project brought to a grinding halt by the itsy-bitsy spider. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "fightly news" with lester holt. >> one month from today we'll be coming on the air counting down to the poll closings. the month to go mark in a race that's taken potential game changing twist this week. mitt romney's strong debate performance and yesterday's timely drop in the nation's unemployment rate. these are critical days on every level from fund-raising to how the candidates define themselves and each other to an electorate that is now fully
coming up later in sports. >> president obama is staying in denver this morning. mitt romney is going to virginia. >> tracie potts has a look at one.d >> the point of this debate was to make differences clear. on lowering the debt. we now have trillion dollars deficits. >> you said you would cut the deficit in half. >> the way we do it is $2.50 for every cut we ask for a dollar of additional revenue paid for by asking those of us who have done well to contribute a little more to reduce the deficit. >> the president insisted romney would spend $5 trillion on tax breaks favoring the wealthy. >> it shows that is not a recipe for job growth. >> everything you just said about my tax plan is not accurate. >> they clashed on wall street and medicare. >> cutting $716 billion for medicare to be able to balance thet additional cost of obamacare is a mistake. >> if you repeal obamacare, what happens is those seniors will be paying $600 more in subscription care. -- in prescription care. >> i don't know how the president could come into office and face rising unemployment and an economic crisis a
changed the race, and the new front romney opened up on the president today. >>> outbreak, more people are sick from meningitis tonight, the attempt to find those at risk. >>> and more on the hand sanitizers that are popular everywhere, how could they be a bad thing? we'll tell you what the doctors believe. >>> and making a difference, you see them at the airport, sniffing, doing their job, and wait until you hear what they over came to make it to the pros, nightly news begins now. this is nbc nightly news with brian williams. >>> good evening, if you were among the over 60 million of us who watched the presidential debate, then you know we saw two things that night, really, an energized mitt romney, and la lackluc kt e railroad president obama, there was new polling when they opened up against the president, the numbers show the race trending, tightening, trending towards romney, at least right now, we begin with peter alexander, traveling with the romney campaign. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you, a romney adviser tells me that the campaign is stronger, that the candidate is i
metv. >> new polls are out as the president and mitt romney gear up for their first debate. >> the orioles did some good news as far as their postseason. wet weather so, we all set? i've got two tickets to paradise! pack your bags, we'll leave tonight. uhh, it's next month, actually... eddie continues singing: to tickets to... paradiiiiiise! no four. remember? whoooa whooaa whooo! you know ronny, folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. and how happy are they jimmy? happier than eddie money running a travel agency. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. >> both candidates are in preparation mode as new polls show the president and mitt romney are locked in a very close contest. >> mitt romney is holding a rally in denver tonight, which is playing host to the debate about 48 hours. with the clock ticking towards their first face-off at the university of denver, both candidates are hunkering down. president obama in vegas. >> governor romney is a good debater. i am just ok. >> mitt romney releasing this op
or emt's have been laid off. in our big story -- in less than 12 hours, mitt romney gets his chance to face president obama. he says the economy is getting worse and present obama will face mitt romney whether he has written off 47% of america. we go to washington with more. >> good afternoon, there is a lot at stake for both these candidates and they know it. one side is trying to be more aggressive than the other is trying to keep his cool. they will have 6-50 minute blocks of questions about domestic issues. republicans say the bar is high for the president, a skilled debater and think that mitt romney's aggressive style may throw the president off. >> he has the facts and he is tenacious and that is the difference between four years ago and this time. >> the democrats say he has to be specific. >> americans are looking for details and i think he will seek president obama continue to do that. >> president obama is three points ahead with likely voters with mitt romney gaining ground. >> those voters are likely to be hispanic and ages 29 or so. as a consequence of this being sligh
. >> unlike mitt romney, i am actually proud to talk about what is ended. >> the plan spells out his agenda for creating jobs and middle-class security. comes with a wave of republican criticism that the president is all talk with no agenda. >> the new strategy includes direct mail to voters and tv ads in swing states. >> the romney campaign says the president is offering more of the same. >> the president's path means 20 million people out of work, struggling for a good job. >> romney and running mate paul ryan are in nevada. romney says a bold reform is what the country needs, not the same old stale policies. >> we have not heard of an agenda from the president. >> with polls showing the race locked in a virtual tie, political analysts say the election may turn on which side has the better get out the vote machine. >> both teams are stealing a page from george w. bush. >> the swing state blitz will continue practically nonstop. mitt romney will also be hitting colorado, iowa, and ohio. >> how is the electoral college map looking at this point? >> the associated press is estimat
years. anyway, a lot of politics to get to. president obama and governor romney spending the next two days studying notes for the next debate. this is their second three meetings and they are taking it very seriously. neither scheduling any other events today. well get a report in just a minute. >> in the upscale maine community, they are speaking out about the alleged prostitution scandal involving a zumba dance instructor. we will talk to one woman who owns a business in the same building as the dance studio. talk about what she said she saw happening inside. >> plus, the amazing story of a grandmother who gave birth to her own grandson. she did it when she learned her daughter con bear children. the grandmother said she didn't give it a second thought when she was asked and they are now calling their little boy a miracle child. >> and reinventing yourself could be difficult at any age but betsy johnson did it at 70. after learning the company she built from the ground up had gone bankrupt. >> the splits. >> i think it was. >> when is the last time you did a split were lester? >> ne
>>> this morning on "early today," mile high showdown as president obama and mitt romney prepare for tonight's crucial debate. our brand new poll numbers show where they stand. >>> midair mess. another incident of loose seats on an american airlines flight, and now the company says it knows why. >>> and shock value. there's a magician, david blaine. he goes high voltage in his blaine. he goes high voltage in his latest stunt. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a high stakes debate. all eyes turn to denver for tonight's first presidential debate of the 2012 race, and a new nbc news wall street journal poll finds president obama is holding on to his national lead, but not by very much. 49% of likely voters favor the president while 46% prefer mitt romney. that's only a 3% edge for obama which is within the survey's margin of error, but when it comes to a poll of registered voters the president widens his lead over romney to 7 points, 51% to 44. and finally they say the nation is headed in the right direction. 40%. mea
>>> good morning. round one, romney. an energetic mitt romney comes out firing with a strong performance in the first presidential debate. >> virtually everything he said about my tax plan is inaccurate. your title as a president, you own an airplane and a house, but not your own facts. >> the president did not seem to on his game. can one night change the race? >>> "today" exclusive, matt's rare and revealing interview with facebook ceo mark zuckerberg, how does he deal with the spotlight? and does he take responsibility for his company's recent struggles? >> the question i ask myself and i hear over and over, if a company has a billion customers, how can they not be killing it making money? >> that answer as the social network reaches a major milestone today. >>> and remember the school bus monitor taunted by middle schoolers. what she's doing to turn her story into something positive today, thursday, october 4th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on this thursday morning. i'm savannah gurthrie. >> we both had a lat
an effect on the obama and romney campaigns. just ten days until the election. it could have a big effect on early voting in several swing states and already both campaigns have cancelled or rescheduled events to get out of the way of the storm. we've got both campaigns covered. we want to begin with kristen welker traveling with the president in new hampshire. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. president obama is facing a big challenge. he's got to juggle campaigning in the final days with managing a potentially devastating storm. now this hurricane has already impacted his schedule to some extent. he was able to make a stop here in new hampshire. this is a small state that carries a lot of significance. president obama trying to get ahead of hurricane sandy which could diminish his campaign schedule this week. today he visited new hampshire, a state with only four electoral votes, but with the race deadlocked, the president can't afford to leave anything to chance. >> ten days, new hampshire! ten days. >> reporter: the president didn't mention the hurricane in his remarks.
and romney, swinging at each other again today after last night's tense debate, a big change from the first one. tonight, our political team on what happened and how it played. >>> breaking news, the fbi says it has stopped a plot to blow up a big banking target with a thousand-pound bomb. tonight, the details at the center of this sting. >>> and finish line for one of the most celebrated athletes, lance armstrong, sponsors dumping him as he steps down from his own charity. >>> and daily dose, the fresh evidence tonight that multivitamins, the kinds that millions of us take every day could actually cut the risk of cancer. nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, those who were hoping a different president obama would show up at last night's second presidential debate, they got their wish. in terms of energy, the dynamic between the two men, the tempo of the conversation, the body language, genuine flashes of anger, last night was very different, some said like a street fight between obama and romney. and while a lot of facts were thrown win the stage, a lot was said, there were enduring i
romney in the second matchup of the election season. hallie jackson has is at stake in this "commitment 2012" report. >> tonight's presidential debate will be different than any we have seen it this year, as candidates take questions directly from voters. the first lady shared some news in ohio. she is already -- has already sent in her ballot. >> we are want vote closer to reelecting my husband. >> in an election where as many as 1/3 of voters cast ballots well before november 6, time is running out for the candidates to woo supporters. tonight's debate is a key chance to meet millions of people. >> i loved the fact that i think a 70 million americans got a chance to see my husband unfiltered. >> mitt romney is working with the debate partner ohio senator rob portman on style. >> in their practice sessions, romney spent less time practicing what he is going to say and more time focus on how he is going to say at. >> he will have a very steady to very good performance but president is more of a question. >> it is very important for obama not to sit back and act disengage and demure to m
. >> on the eve of the second debate, a new gallup poll shows mitt romney leading a lot to other polls show it locked in a dead heat. obama and mitt romney crept behind closed doors while their surrogates hit the trail. in ohio, the first lady announced she cast her ballot early. >> i voted for my husband. it felt so good. >> great to be back. >> paul rhinestone for votes in the buckeye state, too. -- paul ryan stumped for votes. he dished on the debate as new poll from the washington post and politico showed the contest virtually tied. >> the race is still an aide jump ball. it could tip either way. >> the biggest thing is an increase in likability. mitt romney is having a sally field moment. they really like him. >> he can still be aggressive against the president, but he cannot get aggressive with people in town hall meetings. >> is very important for obama that he does not sit back disengaged and the mirror to mitt romney. -- demur to mitt romney. nikole killion, wbal-tv 11 news. >> representatives for of baltimore's casino address concerns today before baltimore city council members. t
have gone to republican mitt romney, but president barack obama is looking to change the outcome in the second matchup. the two candidates prepared to debate tomorrow in new york. we have the latest in this commitment 2012 report. >> both candidates are taking a break from the campaign trail today, holing up to get ready for the second showdown. mitt romney is up near boston. president obama, further south. president obama stepped off his plane in virginia and stepped right into prep mode to get ready for the debate at hofstra university in new york. >> he will absolutely be able to draw from that energy, from the energy of the public and the crowd. >> and the president's advisers say he will see a difference in demeanor from the last showdown. >> i think you'll see someone who is very passionate about the choice our country faces and putting that choice in front of voters. >> but mitt romney's team out with a new ad highlighting paul ryan's debate performance seems ready for a shift in tone. >> the president can change his style. he cannot change his record and his policies. tha
poll shows that president obama and governor romney are in a dead heat among likely voters. >> that tells you the potential that still exists for the race to be a little unexpected. that is what the campaign is coming down to. each of the candidates are going to their bases. >> the candidates will meet sitting side by side, a much different look than the previous two debates. the first, a more traditional standing debate. the second, a conversation in the round. tonight, the topic is for policy. today the obama campaign released a new ad attacking romney's position. >> president obama ended the iraq war. mitt romney would have left 30,000 troops there and called bringing them home tragic. >> romney is expected to question obama's handling of the violence at the consulate in libya. >> need to assure officials in the u.s. government that they will have proper security. they did not have proper security. >> so on the agenda, iran's nuclear program and israel. both will mention how their policies overseas will the nearly benefit the economy at home. more americans are expressin
and federal waters and have. >> not true, governor romney. >> by how much did you cut them, then? >> we produce more oil -- >> no, how much did you cut licenses on federal waters and federal land? >> both presidential candidates are campaigning today in a race that is sure to stay close adolescence the base -- stay close after last night's debate. yours are calling president obama the winner. danielle leed is in washington. >> president obama had a better performance that mitt romney held his own. president obama was up early heading to y yolo with more flooding in this race after last night's -- heading for iowa with in this race after last night's debate. >> the suggestion that anybody in my team would take politics or mislead when we lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. >> romney faltered getting corrected by the moderator when he insisted that the president did not initially called the act a terrorist attack. >> as the facts have come out, it does not speak well of how the administration has handled this. >> he accused obama of failing to keep his promises. >> he said he wo
cardin, and i approve this message. >> president obama and governor romney are behind closed doors getting ready for the queues debate. the president is in debate camp. president obama arriving in williamsburg, virginia, on saturday where he will sharpen his execution after a lackluster first debate with mitt romney. meanwhile, several miles away, the massachusetts governor rallied supporters. he said the president needs to deliver a stronger performance on tuesday. >> tell the story about his accomplishments and vision for the next four years. it is a winning strategy. >> campaign officials acknowledged they need to make adjustments but will not give specifics except to say mr. obama will continue to spar with john kerry and study materials. unlike his first debate camp in nevada which included a public rally, there are no public events on his schedule this time. >> by showing he is not on the campaign trail, he is doing prep and taking it seriously. he knows this is another defining moment in the race. >> a reinvigorated mitt romney was on the trail saturday campaigning in must w
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